Special delivery

DR. CAVAN BRUNSDEN comes from humble beginnings – as an immigrant child from London, he and his family of six shared a one-­bedroom apartment in the Bronx. That experience has shaped his commitment to those most in need of dental care ever since, and he was recently named the recipient of the American Dental Association Foundation’s Jeffrey Dalin  DDS Give Kids a Smile Volunteer Award .

The program, for which Dr. Brunsden, 67, serves as the state director for New Jersey, has provided $6 million in free dental care to 36,000 chil­dren over the last dozen years. “More important,” he notes, “is that each child is partnered with a dental office to provide continuing care.”

It’s all in a day’s – and a career’s – work for Dr. Brunsden and his wife, Dr. Nancy Villa, 53, a Jersey City native who’s his practice partner at KidZdent Pediatric Dentistry in the Garden State township of Old Bridge. “Our practice has a strong humanitarian aspect in that we reach out to our community to make them aware of the importance of early dental care for childre􀂄n, and we make a big effort to educate everybody we can,” says Dr. Brunsden.

To wit: the couple’s substan­tial involvement in the rebuilding of the pediatric-dental department at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, which is now known as the Brunsden-Villa Pediatric Care Center.

“Our initial gift precipitated many other gifts from individuals,” Dr. Brunsden says. The facility “takes care of all undergraduate pediatric education, graduate pediatric education and  something that didn’t exist before: a center devoted to special-needs dentistry.”

In this, Drs. Brunsden and Villa echo their own practice’s efforts: KidZdent serves some 25,000 active patients including more than 3,000 autistic kids enrolled in a program that offers both dental and behavioral care. Its large orthodontics department, overseen by Dr. Villa, treats both children and adults. Dr. Brunsden calls the link between the practice’s pediatric and ortho­dontic specialties “a wonderful symbiosis” especially when it comes to helping those with special needs. Whether through their practice or the Rutgers facility, they’ve done so much to endow he says, “We’re proud and happy to bring to lots of people’s attention that this population is in need of the skills and talents of dentists all across the country.”

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s